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10 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 2 - June 8, 1995 Burdette, ViLrment file for seat on Rehoboth Beach board By Trish Vernon The race is on for Saturday, Aug. 12. With the deadline one day away there are now four can- didates who have filed for two seats on the Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners. Last week at this time only Pat- ty Derrick and Richard Sargent had announced their intentions to seek the posts being vacated by Warren MacDonald and Dick Darley. Now Orin F. "Jim" Bur- dette Jr. and Kenny Vincent have decided to run for office. Burdette, age 62, whose perma- nent residence is in Pinewater Farms, owns property at 17 State Road in Rehoboth Beach, which he frequents regularly and also us- es as a guest house for his children and grandchildren. Retired from the U.S. Postal Service in Gaithersburg, Md. after 34 years of service, he has also been a professional barber for 37 years and now owns Rehoboth Barber Shop at Midway. He served in the United States Navy from 1952 to 1956 and be- longs to a number of organiza- tions. They include the Rehoboth Beach Lions Club (he is a past president, zone chairman and past deputy district governor, all of- rices held when he was affiliated with the club in Maryland) and former Jaycee. He served on the Maryland Board of Appeals for eight years as well. Burdette also belongs to the Cape Henlopen Elks Lodge, Lewes-Rehoboth Moose Lodge, American Legion Post 28 and Re- hoboth VFW Post 7447 and serves on the state Barber and Cosmetology Board. He has been a member of the Rehoboth Beach Homeowners Association since 1983 and is an executive director of Citizens Association of Re- hoboth Beach (CARB). "If l'm elected to the board I will insist the agenda be adhered to, with lime limits on each sub- ject, rather than sit and hassle and postpone everything," Burdette said. "I decided to run because I care for Rehoboth Beach very much. I'm willing to take criti- JIM BURDE'UFE KENNY VINCENT cism and suggestions from any in- dividual or organization, but I'm an independent thinker and won't be in anyone's pocket." Burdette believes Rehoboth of- ficials need to "get back to basics. I would like to see Rehoboth be a welcoming city to our visitors, with a cordial image, because we depend upon them so much. I would also like to get the business people and citizens to work smoothly together to work for a better Rehoboth." He would also like to see small, tasteful signs erected at the corner of each block of the commercial district except Rehoboth Avenue, listing the businesses on those blocks, which he believes would foster business for those merchants. Noting that they must get down to "brass tacks" in solving the parking problem, Burdette said the city should have a commis- sioner in charge of the police, as they do with streets and lights, the bandstand, etc. "I'm alarmed at the police officers who are leaving Rehoboth and I'd like to get to the bottom of it," be said. Burdette has been involved in the recent controversy over re- naming State Road Veterans Lane, which he opposes, citing the expense of property owners in changing over legal documents. (That proposal is still in the hands of the Street and Light Commit- tee, which has been in the process of polling property owners on the road for their reaction.) Vincent, age 42, is the owner of the Royal Rose Inn Bed and Breakfast in the second block of Baltimore Avenue, which he has operated for seven years. While he spends much of his time at the inn year round, his official resi- dence is in the Seabreeze develop- ment between Rehoboth and Dewey beaches and is therefore running as a non-resident. A Delaware native, Vincent is a graduate of Thomas McKean High School, with a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Delaware and a master's degree of educa- tion in administration from Wilm- ington College. He continues to pursue his studies, focusing on as- sistive technology for special edu- cation and is the technology coor- dinator for W.T. Chipman Middle School in the Lake Forest School DistricL Harrington, where he teaebes language arts for the sixth grade. Vincent serves on the nguage Arts Council, the Discipline Advi- sory Committee, is a member of the FFA and the National Educa- tion Association/Delaware State Education Association of Lake Forest. He is also a member of the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Seabreeze Homeowners Associa- tion. Vincent and his wife Cindy have lived in the resort year round with their four children for the past three years, although he has been coming to Rehoboth since 1975, having worked at the Back Porch Cafe and managed the Ad Boat for four seasons. 'Tve been attending several meetings a year since 1987," Vin- cent said of the Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners, and he served on the "Hyde Restaurant Committee" which instituted new regulations which govern any restaurant expansions or use changes a few years ago. "Some of the issues I see that need resolved are parking and, al- though we have no jurisdiction on Route One, we need to be vocal about what is happening out there. I have guests who tell me they are appalled by all of the construction on the highway and there's the safety factor to consider. I don't want rapid, unplanned develop- ment to negatively impact busi- ness in town," Vincent said. "We need to steer and guide this city into the 21st century with the same, if not more, charm am- biance." Vincent believes as a homeown- er and businessperson he can serve the community at large. "We're in the thick of it here on Baltimore Avenue and I hear the issues from both sides and can empathize with their points of view. Decisions need compro- mise." Turning toward parking, he not- ed that not much attention has been paid to this problem since 1989, when then-commissioner Donald Derrickson couldn't get a second from his peers on a com- prehensive parking plan which had been hammered out by a group of citizens. "We've just got to take a close look again," he said. "Protection of the beach and boardwalk is of primary impor- tance and we must do whatever it takes, even replenishment, if we want our guests to return. This all ties into the Long Range Plan and much of it sounds great. However, I have deep reservations about the suggestion to do away with grand- fathering of nonconforming build- ings. The Royal Rose is an his- toric building and if it burned down, I'd want assurance that I could duplicate it under a new law," he said. "Having first hand knowledge of what's really going on in Re- hoboth is an essential and valu- able tool for a commissioner. I walked everywhere in town after midnight Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend and some things I expected to be a problem weren't, while others I would never expect to be problems were," Vincent noted. Vincent.cited the need for more plainclothes police patrols as a so- lution to these problems. "I saw two people urinating and three cussing up a storm on my walk. The people who were cussing on Rehoboth Avenue stopped as the uniformed police went by and started back at it as soon as they. were gone," he said. The filing deadline for candi- dates is noon tomorrow, June 3 and the deadline for voter registra- tion is 4:30 p.m., Friday, June 9. All those eligible to register must be at least 18 years of age, a full-time resident, property owner or leaseholder of record, and if a resident non-property owner, hav- ing lived in the city for six months. Absentee ballots may be picked up in person at City Hall any time after June 29 and no later than noon the day before the election. The Rehoboth Beach Home- owners Association will give can- didates a chance to present their views at their general membership meeting, slated for 8 p.m., Satur- day, June 17 at All Saints Parish Hall. The Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce will also host a candidate forum prior to the election. Channel Z Continued from page 1 impression. "We want to know what hap- pened over the weekend!" Bertha said Tuesday night. Mayor Sam Cooper replied that while he hadn't had a chance to review the policy report, he understood the Puseys called in four complaints about Channel Z beginning at 2 a.m. and that the business closed at 2:30 a.m., Sunday morning. "You're not even close," Ray told the mayor, with Bertha ex- claiming that she sat in front of Channel Z in her car at 4:35 a.m., watching people leave the estab- lishment. "The police came and said they would take care of it," at 2:30 a.m., she continued, "and Ray had to call again at 3:30 and 4:30 a.m. Anyone who could have the audacity to say they closed at 2:30 a.m. is a liar. It's not fun to be up all night and we're not getting police protec- tion." Ray went on to note that when one officer answered his com- plaint he was told the noise couldn't be heard until near the bottom of the steps and not at the Pusey property line. "That's not the issue. Why was it open at all?" he asked. He also said that the po- lice told him at 2:30 a.m. that everyone had left the club but a "hard core" group. Sgt. Jack Bushey, who accom- panied Doyle to the meeting, said the officers didn't hear anything until inside the building, also dis- puling the Puseys' argument that the business was supposed to be closed anyway. "I thought it [the ordinance] was still under re- view." He added that he took the last call that morning, going up- stairs, where there was a group of people playing music, comprised of employees and the clean up crew. They exited at 4:25 a.m., he said, insisting that the officers an- swering prior complaints couldn't hear anything outside either the front or back of the building. But the Puseys did not swear out warrants to have those respon- sible arrested, and, as Busbey ex- plained, "you have to be cautious about what is loud and unreason- able noise," when making such an alTesL "Are you telling me that the of- ricer in my driveway who walked with me and stood in front of the steps couldn't hear the sound? He told me he could hear the sound from the steps at 3:30 a.m. The music went off at 3:30 and back on at 4:30," Ray Pusey reiterated. The Puseys have a witness to back up their claims. Joe Williams, who worked all night bagging ice behind the Channel Z building, said there were no police there at 4:30 a.m. "You could hear the rock and roll all night. It goes on all night every weekend and you could hear it from Puseys' house," he said noting that he didn't see the police pull up in back in an unmarked car un- til 5 a.m. To add insult to injury, the Puseys maintain that City Manag- er Greg Ferrese assured them Fri- day night that the establishment would close at 2 a.m. "I said Friday night I would talk to the police and if there were any complaints the entertainment would cease," Ferrese explained, noting that a complaint about noise from a restaurant patio after 11 p.m. in the same vicinity was handled without problems. "The city solicitor and I discussed the ordinance and decided if a com- plaint was received the entertain- ment should cease, but if there is no complaint, not to do anything. We want to make sure they aren't grandfathered until June 30," when the business license must be renewed, he said. Continued on page II